Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A Bharat Ratna that would shine everlastingly: Kalam rose from humble beginnings to become 'people's President'

Popularly called the "Missile Man" of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam rose from humble beginnings and earned the reputation of being the "people's President" who endeared himself to all sections, especially the young. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, succumbed to a heart attack while lecturing at IIM Shillong, where he was a visiting professor.

He went from distributing newspapers after school during childhood to become the President of our country. He was awarded Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna – the highest civilian honour. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam made every day of his life count for all it’s worth, till very last breath he took yesterday.

A devout Muslim and son of a boat owner, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, who assumed office as the 11th President on 18 July 2002, was seen as a figurehead who could help heal some of the scars of the communal riots which broke out in Gujarat just a few months before.

The country's first bachelor President, Kalam, whose flowing grey hair is seen as being at odds with what Indians thought a president ought to look like, was one amongst the most respected people of the country who contributed immensely both as a scientist and as a president.

Acknowledged as the driving force behind India's quest for cutting-edge defence technologies, Kalam's contributions to India's satellite programmes, guided and ballistic missiles project, nuclear weapons programme and the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project made him a household name. He was a renowned scientist and is considered to be the main brain behind India's space and missile programme. 

Everyone who has known him personally describes him to be energetic, innocent, thoughtful, inspiring and most of all, simple. He loved kids and youngsters and used to be ever ready to attend any function or travel any distance to meet students. He believed that the youngsters of India will fulfill his vision of India 2020. The connection he had with people was immense. Abdul Kalam was approachable to everyone. He always dreamt big and taught everyone the power of dreams. Here are some inspiring quotes from this great son of India.

"Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended"

"My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people."

For some, it was his child-like demeanour which made him affable and for some, it was his inspirational vision and work in the field of science which made A.P.J. Abdul Kalam a "universally-loved" Bharat Ratna, who managed to be in politics without being a "politician". Abdul Kalam will remain one of the finest human beings to have ever lived. He lived an illustrious and successful life, and his legacy will continue to inspare people around the world in the coming years. Dr. Kalam is the silver lining of this era. He is an epitome of righteousness, intelligence & wisdom and a rare gem. 

Known as the Missile Man of India, Dr Kalam played a pivotal role in the Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998. One of the most loved Presidents, he was also known as the People's President. While in his 70s, he was nominated for the MTV Youth Icon of the Year award in 2003 and in 2006. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna for his achievements.

He collapsed due to a heart attack while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. Leaving this world while doing what you love the most is not a luck everybody would be blessed with. The people's President, the youth icon, passed away while doing what he loves the most - imparting knowledge and interacting with young minds of India. 

He saw a dream for our country known as Vision 2020. He wanted to see our nation standing amongst the developed countries of the world. The only real tribute to him would be when we manage to achieve that goal as a united country.  “A dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep,” as he famously said.

Baba Farid Group of Institutions pays tribute to Late Dr. Kalam with a heavy heart. Though he was known by many tags –‘People’s president’, ‘Missile Man’, ‘The man behind Vision 2020’; He will not only be remembered for the immeasurably remarkable achievements and marks he left behind, but surely as a Great Human, for his determined character, for his love, for his patriotism, for he could ignite our minds.

"As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days of state mourning will be observed throughout India from July 27, 2015 to August 2, 2015, both days inclusive," an official statement said. During the period of state mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all buildings throughout the country where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment.

Chairman of BFGI, Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal expressed deep sorrow and agony over the passing away of former President and Bharat Ratna, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in Shillong.

In his condolence message, Mr. Dhaliwal described Dr. Abdul Kalam as a great nation builder, who was an inspiration to an entire generation of people in the country. “I am deeply saddened by the death of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. We have lost not only a great scientist and a youth icon but an exceptional individual who can travel anywhere to meet students,” he said in his message of condolence. Mr. Dhaliwal conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.

BFGI bids farewell to one of the greatest presidents our country has witnessed. May your soul Rest in Peace, Dr. Kalam. Besides all you have given to our country, you were a Guide, a Teacher and an inspiration to many. You will always remain immortal in our hearts and memories for generations to come.

Rest in peace, Sir. India will miss you.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Digital India - Baba Farid Group of Institutions ranked among the top 7 e-Governance campuses of India

The Chairman of BFGI, Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal opined “I believe that there will be big boom in the IT Sector in the upcoming years. “ Digital India will prepare India for a knowledge future. The programme will prepare India for a knowledge future. It aims to make India into a digital empowered society.

On the first day of “Digital India Week” top industry houses pledged investments worth Rs 4.5 lakh crores in technology ventures. This will benefit students of IT, CSE and ECE with a wider range of job opportunities. Just one more milestone crossed by imparting technical skills to students to make them job worthy even at international levels.

Digital India will strengthen the technical infrastructure for e-governance and e-commerce .It will enlarge the scope of citizen delivery services. There will be a greater participation of citizens. The approach of the Government is expressed in ‘minimum government, maximum governance’. With reduced paperwork, Digital India can create jobs with the help of technology and help India reach its development targets. These will extend to rural India with telecommunication.

For instance, DigiLocker offers personal storage space in the cloud. Organizations registered with DigiLocker can keep electronic copies of documents and certificates (e.g. driving license, voter id, school certificates) in citizens’ lockers. They can then upload scanned copies of their documents in their accounts. 

E hospitals comprise a management system for hospitals which is a workflow based ICT solution for Government hospitals. This generic software covers care of patients, lab services, work flow documents and information, human resources and medical records.nal Video Lectures Available 

E-education includes open access education lectures for college students, self learners and teachers. There are complete video courses and lectures from scholars from the world over. These create a user friendly learning environment across the world.& College Students, Self-Learners, and Teachers

The growth area pillars will include: Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity, . Public Internet Access Programme, e-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology, e-Kranti - Electronic Delivery of Services, Information for All, Electronics Manufacturing, IT for Jobs and Early Harvest Programmes.

BFGI announced an exclusive Admission Drive  for all the ST/SC students in IT, ECE and CS branches - part of the promotions for promoting ‘Digital India Week’.Thse students don’t have to pay for their studies. Doing B Tech is absolutely FREE for ST/SC students. 

Just another initiative by BFGI to contribute give back to the social fabric of the nation; a step towards the establishment of Digital India.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Graduates galore! Masters to the fore

To know a topic is to master it. Graduates are emerging from the educational institutes of the world at an incredibly high rate. Placements are the order of the day, but stay static at the bachelor’s levels.The essence of any course in a college of repute is when one rises above the run of the mill and specializes.

The business of studying business

Of every thousand students who attend convocation day as graduates, there would be 1 master’s degree holder. The placement value is much higher , the prestige immense but, what is vital is that the knowledge quotient of the subject is vastly greater. MBAs have the ability to hold the reins of an industry and many are the scions of industrial families who have benefitted by their mastery of a commercial set-up and training for business acumen.

BFGI offers MBA with specialization in Marketing, Human Resources, Retail Management and Finance. The world of business awaits our students who have shaped into great young managers and technocrats.

Engineered to succeed 

The wider span of engineering has grown even further with the inclusion of computer technology. 

Studying for a Master’s in any of the engineering disciplines entails an immediate and in-depth approach to the subject. Apart from a whole new area of teaching as professors and lecturers, the world is open for an engineering maestro.

BFGI offers M.Tech with Electronics & Communication Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering.

The B.Tech graduate courses include : 

· IT

· Mechanical Engineering

· Electronics & Communication Engineering 

· Civil Engineering

· Computer Science & Engineering

Students get a wi fi enabled campus, central ac labs and opportunities for placement with reputed companies.

The specialized School of Skill Development is designed with collaborations NSDC and the Government of India in association with top industries and foreign universities. It is set up at a total cost of Rs20 crores – which outlay is reflected in the excellence and ambience of the new Centre. This involves live workshops including an automobile workshop. Top of class awareness, technical expertise and the mastery of subjects results in employability and social sensitivity are part of the Master.ly psyche of BFGI post graduates.

BFGI’s Global Internship Programme covers 100 countries in collaboration with AIESEC. These include Egypt, China,Vietnam, Thailand and other countries. The School of International Studies is inspired to assist students in the phase of struggle when they migrate abroad looking for reliable jobs. They are equipped with the skilled manpower needs of those countries.

In an atmosphere of enormous competition, the School of Competitive Studies hone the students’ competitive skills to handle a business scenario where competition is rife.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

International Yoga Day. . . more power to the mind

Yoga in Sanskrit means the conjunction, the meeting of body and soul, the cosmic Force with the individual Self. It is not a religion but a way of life; a spiritual and mental practice. . A way to study. ; developed in India over 6000 years ago.Yoga is a scientific blend of the body aspiring towards cosmic energy. When a student or teacher folds into a padmasana, he is tapping a source of internal energy. Control of the breath results in a calm mind which helps students study better. Yoga increases circulation to the head resulting in higher memory retentiveness and increased grasping abilities.

This is the first time we are celebrating the day after the UN declared 21st June as International Yoga Day.This was the  result of PM Narendra Modi’s address to the UN General Assembly on 27 Sept 14
Apart from being on the UN calendar permanently, International  Yoga Day will be celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy and the Indian Army. Along with the involvement of the Defence Services, celebrations are in order throughout the country , particularly in schools and colleges.

Baba Farid Group of Institutions will be celebrating ‘International Yoga Day’ with grand passion.6 Punjab (Girls) Battalion NCC will be  organizing ‘International Yoga Day’ in association with Baba Farid NCC Unit at BFGI campus.

Each breathing exercise increases vitality in the intellectual psyche. Pranayama in India is not different from the Canadian Air Force deep breathing techniques.Hatha Yoga, as we term the common usage of the word, finds mention in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Some beneficial Asanas

Surya Namaskar: Surya Namaskara, like most asanas, is recommended to be performed on an empty stomach. Therefore some recommend a gap of at least two hours after eating and before performing the namaskara.It is generally practiced in the morning before breakfast or in evening.

Padmaasana: Padmasana or Lotus pose is a cross-legged yoga posture which helps deepen meditation by calming the mind and alleviating various physical ailments. A regular practice of this posture aids in overall blossoming of the practitioner, just like a lotus; and hence the name Padmasana.

Sukhasana: Sukhasana or the easy sitting pose is one of the simplest pose for meditation suited for all beginners. Sukhasana comes from the Sanskrit work ‘Sukham’ which can mean ‘comfort’ , ‘easy’, ‘joyful’, ‘pleasure’, etc. Sukhasana can be done by all age groups.

Bhujangasana: This asana resembles a serpent with its hood raised. Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana is part of the sequence of yoga postures in Padma Sadhana and Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation.

Anajneya-asana: The anjaneya-asana combines several postures and mudras (gestures) in a fluid, evolving flow that combines motion, stretching and holds. It delivers great benefits for the back, arms, chest, legs and hips. Regular practice will strengthen concentration and improve balance.

Dhanurasana: This yoga posture has been named after the shape it takes – that of a bow. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) is part of the Padma Sadhana sequence.It Strengthens the back and abdominal muscles, Stimulates the reproductive organs, Tones the leg and arm muscles.

Chandraasana: The ardha-chandra-asana is a basic stretching and balancing pose that benefits principly the lower back, abdomen and chest. It is equally suitable for use in your stretching routine as well as formal asana practice.

Matsyendra asana: The Half Spinal Twist is one of the best Yoga postures for cultivating flexibility and strength in the spine. It sooths stiff necks and upper back tension caused by stress, poor posture, or prolonged periods of sitting in one position.

The most modern practitioner  of   yoga passed away last year,B K S Iyengar, after resurrecting the popularity of yoga in Mumbai and Pune. The redoubtable Baba Ramdev is testimony to the efficacy of yoga ;since it cured him of polio at a young age. Today the older Ramdev jogs and prances about more fit than a teenager! Many young  students have practiced yoga since it inherently has the ability to calm the active mind towards greater concentration.

Yoga – an ancient science for modern day  studies. De-stress, de-tox and tune in to nature – let’s vow to do that every day on this International Yoga Day. The asanas  await  the wise . . . ‘ Be thou a yogi’ said Krishna in the Bhagvad Gita . . . and Arjun went on to win one of the biggest battles in the history of India!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Go Global with BFGI

With the advent of economic liberalization, internet and globalization in India, the education sector sensed the need and importance of going global. Global recognition and international presence offer enormous benefits to an education institute. These enable the institute to develop pedagogical and curricular logic through programmes like student exchange, dual degree and much more. Such international activities that involve learning and experience in collaboration with foreign partners help in building and increasing the reputation and network of the institute.  Students get a change to understand international economic conditions and get direct access to natural and socio-cultural research, data and expert knowledge. This helps students to successfully pursue their research or inquiry. Global tie-ups help in acquiring internships and placements for students across the borders. Active participation at international conferences and seminars aids in designing and developing a syllabus that caters to the latest educational requirements and prepares students to take up challenges and emerge as leaders. 

Internationally Renowned

BFGI initiated a mission to “Establish and sustain as an internationally renowned higher education institution whose distinctive brand epitomizes world-class excellence in teaching, learning, research and innovation. Our graduates are our brand ambassadors who will be the driving force of both local and global marketplaces.”  With the view to engaging the institution outside its national boundaries, BFGI has embarked upon strategic action. The Chairman of BFGI, Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal has attended and represented the education sector of India and BFGI in various conferences across the globe. He has been a part of many business delegations in numerous countries including Canada, Singapore, Norway and Germany. Mr. Dhaliwal accompanied the President of India, the Hon’ble, Pranab Mukherjee on a business delegation to Norway and Finland. During his visit to USA he attended FICCI’s international level ‘The Innovation and Technology Led Business Delegation’ to Silicon Valley, United States America and  TiEcon 2015 which, is amongst the world’s top 10 conferences for entrepreneurship.

BFGI signed a MOU with various globally renowned universities for bilateral research & development, faculty development, skill development, curriculum development, student’s internships and student exchange program. BFGI in association with the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, had organized a seminar on “Developing Institutional Leadership: Strategic Approaches to the Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Practice in Higher Education”.  Focusing on the skill development of the students Mr. Dhaliwal attended high level delegation on skill development at Germany.  He presented a Unique Industry Academia Education Model prepared by BFGI and bagged appreciation for the first high end Skill Development Centre in any educational institution in association with NSDC. German

companies and training providers showed a great response and interest in joining hands with BFGI to execute that model and for developing the Skill Development Centre. Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal explored the best practices of the German dual system in numerous German industries and educational institutions for providing regular education and training the students for required skills to make them globally employable.

International engagement has become more central to the life and success of the institution. BFGI is expanding its knowledge on the range and variety of engagements like network development, market access and regional integration, technology transfer etc. that help us to build transnational relations. This knowledge base will help the institute and students to rise strong and offer competition to global counterparts.